Hello everyone! Snakebite season is upon us again so it seemed like a great opportunity to set up another AMA for the reddit medical community on an unusual topic that tends to generate a lot of interest.
We are the
Asclepius Snakebite Foundation (ASF), an international 501(c)3 non-profit organization led by many of the world experts in snakebite medicine that is dedicated to reducing the more than 138,000 deaths and 500,000 permanent disabilities caused by snakebite envenoming worldwide every year. We travel to the regions with the highest number of envenomations and work alongside local partners to save lives and limbs through a combination of research, treatment, and training. We have brought a few of our medical specialists here to answer any questions about snakes, snakebites, snakebite treatment, antivenoms, venoms, or whatever else comes up. We are here dispel some of the pervasive myths/misconceptions about snakebites and provide you with the right information about what to actually do for these patients, so ask us anything that interests you about the topic and we will do our best to give you a good answer.
Since we all work shifts and assume many of you do as well, you are encouraged to start posting your questions now and we will start posting answers when the AMA opens up tomorrow morning at 0900 PST. The AMA will run for 36 hours or so and three of our medical experts will be available to answer questions during that time:
- Jordan Benjamin is a herpetologist, snakebite researcher, and wilderness paramedic with over 10 years of experience wrangling venomous snakes and treating snakebite patients in remote health centers and villages throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He is one of the leading experts on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prolonged field care of snakebites and other envenomations in remote and austere environments. Jordan is the founder of ASF and will be answering as
- Dr. Ben Abo is an emergency medicine & EMS physician, paramedic, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Florida, and the medical director of the elite Venom One and Venom Two response teams of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Lake County Fire Rescue. These teams make up the only national-level antivenom bank in the United States. He is widely known for his
fabulous hair, which some believe give him special powers such as the ability to jump in front of a speeding train to pull a seizing patient off the subway tracks in NYC. Ben is a co-founder of ASF and will be answering questions as u/venom1doc
- Dr. Nick Brandehoff is an emergency medicine physician, medical toxicologist, and assistant clinical professor of the department of emergency medicine and division of toxicology at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno program. Nick completed his tox fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and has extensive experience in both the laboratory and clinical management sides of the venom world, and he leads the envenomation working group for the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. Nick is a co-founder of ASF and will be answering questions as u/ToxDoc10
The three of us will be in Guinea next month to set up a rural snakebite clinic and launch a big study into neurotoxic snakebites by African cobras and mambas, which should be a blast! If you want to learn more about our team you can
check out the bio page on our website.
Once again, we aren't selling anything and don’t have a specific agenda other than raising awareness for the snakebite crisis worldwide and educating people about snakes and snakebites. We are looking forward to talking with all of you!
PS – to kick things off, we highly recommend you
read this article we wrote about what to do if you are bitten by a snake in the middle of nowhere far from medical care as this is one of the questions that always comes up first!
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